Latest Rhode Island News

3 indicted in drug plot that included mail carrier abduction

Jun. 18, 2021 16:36 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Three men authorities say participated in a plot in which drugs were sent through the U.S. Postal Service from Puerto Rico to Rhode Island — and which included the alleged kidnapping of a mail carrier — have been indicted, federal prosecutors said Friday. ...

Cranston police shut down suspected illegal massage parlors

Jun. 18, 2021 14:35 PM EDT

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — A monthslong investigation into numerous reports of suspicious activity at six massage businesses in Cranston has resulted in 11 arrests and uncovered evidence of human trafficking and prostitution, police Col. Michael Winquist said in a news release Friday. ...

Lawmakers unveil $13.1B state budget proposal

Jun. 18, 2021 10:18 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island lawmakers have proposed a $13.1 billion state budget for the upcoming fiscal year that boosts spending on social services and education. The House Finance Committee proposal unveiled Thursday night is almost $2 billion bigger than...

Rhode Island works on vaccine incentive plan to help charity

Jun. 17, 2021 16:16 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island is working on a coronavirus vaccination incentive program to benefit charities, rather than individuals, Gov. Daniel McKee said Thursday. While some states, including neighboring Massachusetts, are offering a chance to win $1...

Rhode Island's unemployment rate falls to 5.8% in May

Jun. 17, 2021 12:28 PM EDT

CRNASTON, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's unemployment rate, which surged to more than 17% in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, was down to 5.8% in May, the state Department of Labor and Training announced Thursday. The May rate was down half of a percentage point...

North Kingstown math teacher named state Teacher of the Year

Jun. 17, 2021 12:16 PM EDT

NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — A North Kingstown High School math teacher who during the coronavirus pandemic helped lift student morale was named the state's Teacher of the Year on Thursday. Lisa Garcia, who has been at the school for 27 years, was notified of the honor...

Ex-state lawmaker-elect avoids prison in embezzlement case

Jun. 17, 2021 10:07 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man who was elected to the state legislature but resigned before being sworn in has pleaded no contest to embezzling about $16,000 from an environmental nonprofit and using the money on his political campaign, prosecutors said. ...

Woman killed, man injured in shooting at West Warwick home

Jun. 16, 2021 14:46 PM EDT

WEST WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — A 74-year-old woman was killed and a 74-year-old man was injured in a shooting at a West Warwick home, police said Wednesday. The victims were found at about 9 p.m. Tuesday when police responded to the home, police said in a statement. ...

State to equip every uniformed officer with body cameras

Jun. 16, 2021 11:26 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island leaders on Wednesday proposed equipping every uniformed police officer in the state with body-worn cameras. Democratic Gov. Dan McKee and other state leaders unveiled legislation to equip about 1,700 patrol officers across every...

Message in a bottle travels across the Atlantic Ocean

Jun. 15, 2021 18:20 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Portuguese teenager has found a message in a bottle that traveled at least 2,400 miles from a Vermont teenager. Christian Santos, 17, was spearfishing in the Azores when he found a crumpled plastic bottle that was tossed into the sea near Rhode...